MAURITZ FREDERICK H. DE HAAS
"HOLE IN THE WALL, GRAND MANAN"
oil on canvas, 18 x 30 inches,
Mauritz Frederick H. De Haas was a prolific painter of seascapes of the Dutch and American coasts. De Haas was born in Rotterdam, Holland in 1832. At age 15, he started his artistic education at the Rotterdam Academy of Art. There he studied under Nicolaas Johannes Roosenboom, a noted landscape artist. It was during this early period in his artistic career where he discovered his love for painting seascapes.
De Haas travelled extensively, painting along the Dutch coast. In 1851, he spent a year in London painting along the coast of the English Channel. When he returned to the Netherlands, he studied at the Hague under prominent marine artist, Louis Meyer. He exhibited his work throughout Europe and achieved success as an artist in his homeland. In 1856, the Queen of Holland acquired one his paintings. She was so impressed with his work that she appointed him artist of the Dutch Navy in 1857.
In 1859, De Haas moved to New York City, possibly supported by a minister of The Hague. He quickly became a prominent Dutch artist working in America and received several important commissions. Admiral David Farragut, for instance, commissioned De Haas to paint naval scenes during the Civil War.
From 1861-1896 he exhibited his work at the National Academy of Design in New York where he became a full academician in 1867. De Haas also exhibited his work at the Brooklyn Art Association, the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago.
De Haas spent the rest of his life in the United States. He painted extensively in New York, Maine and Massachusetts. He died in New York City in 1895. His works are featured in numerous private and public collections including the New York Historical Society and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.